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First Books…

…was awesome! After my initial fear of embarassing myself on the radio, I relaxed and enjoyed the day. KFAI’s Write On Radio was fabulous, and I enjoyed listening to my fellow authors, Kao Kalia Yang and Salvatore Scibona, read excerpts from their books and discuss their work. I think we had a productive and interesting […]

Where My Book Lives

This is where my book resides in a popular national chain bookstore. I saw it in its natural habitat for the first time on Saturday, and I was a little dismayed to find it in the recovery section, because I was hoping it would be in with the memoirs. Or on one of the featured […]

Guest Spot On Twin Cities Live

I was so pumped to get a call from my publicist today, telling me that Twin Cities Live would like to have me on their show! Monday, April 6th is the big day, KSTP (Channel 5 for the Minnesotans)@ 3PM. I certain you can somehow stream it if you want to watch and you’re not […]

Library Journal (online) Memoir Addendum Review

Another good one! Although, I was an MFA student, not a PhD candidate, but whatever. I’m happy. 🙂 Johns, Nicole. Purge: Rehab Diaries. Seal, dist. by Publishers Group West. Apr. 2009. c.250p. ISBN 978-1-58005-274-0. $16.95. In her twenties, Ph.D. candidate Johns had an eating disorder not otherwise specified, both purging and restricting food. Readers go […]

I Know What You Tell Yourself

While I was in treatment, a residential counselor played the song “Tell Yourself” by Natalie Merchant for all of us. She said whenever she heard it, it made her think of us and what we struggled with daily, and that she wished she could make us see how beautiful, wonderful and intelligent we were. The […]

Kirkus Reviews

Purge got its very first review from Kirkus Reviews! It’s a good one: Johns, Nicole PURGE: Rehab Diaries A young writer recounts the trials and treatment of her eating disorder. Midway through graduate school, 22-year-old Johns checked herself into the Wisconsin Eating Disorders Center, where she would spend 88 days trying to break the self-destructive […]

The First Copy

My publicist sent me the first copy of my book. It is absolutely lovely! It’s amazing to hold it in my hands. For so long it has been this intangible thing, and now it is real. Seal Press did an absolutely beautiful job with it. 🙂 In other news, I have word that my book […]

Positive Comments In Recovery

I apologize for my lack of blogging lately. Trying to launch a book, plan a wedding and work 40 hours a week leaves for little time to blog! Something happened on Tuesday though, and I thought I’d share… I have asthma, and last week was diagnosed with pneumonia, and on Tuesday I had to go […]


I first read “Diving into the Wreck” by Adrienne Rich in a college creative writing class. It grabbed my attention and I kept coming back to it. I taught it in my own creative writing classes, and it became an inspiration for me in writing Purge. It comforted me, and reminded me I was not […]


Dedication For those who haven’t found their way out yet; and for those of us who have, and will always remember. — This is the dedication as it appears in Purge: Rehab Diaries. It’s a big part of why I started writing about my eating disorder and treatment experience. I did not write my book […]